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MastersFX Celebrates Toronto Studio’s Third Year With Effects for “The Expanse” and “Rabid”

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Exclusive


Monsters are about to descend on Toronto’s West end.

The multi-award winning special effects company, MastersFX, is celebrating its third anniversary in Toronto (their studio is located in Etobicoke) with grisly new creatures and effects for upcoming horror TV shows and movies. New projects from the MastersFX Toronto team include the acclaimed science fiction series The Expanse and the highly anticipated remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid.

“Ever since we opened three years ago, it seems like we’ve consistently been on a growth spurt. We had to move into a new, larger space last year, in fact. Our new space is bustling, and bursting at the seams, with incredible new monsters and fake body parts,” says MFX/TO Supervisor Zane Knisely.

MastersFX has created many memorable prosthetics effects for The Expanse, which will soon premiere on Amazon for its fourth season. This year, the studio helped to bring a series of gruesome battle scenes to life with wounds, scars, and other bodily mutilations. A customized burn design was also created for the character “Commander Klaes Ashford” by MFX Effects Artists Kyle Glencross and Supervisor Zane Knisely. MastersFX has shared a sample of their work exclusively with Rue Morguewhich can be seen below. 

Other recent projects include the reboot of David Cronenberg’s body horror classic Rabid,  from the Soska sisters. “This was our first time working with Todd’s Toronto Studio, and Zane and the other artists based there simply blew us away with their original, innovative, and totally unforgettable effects,” says Jen and Sylvia Soska. The Toronto team’s work can also be seen in the upcoming horror film The Dark, which has just been nominated for a Fangoria “Chainsaw Award for Best Makeup.”

Included among MastersFX’s exciting work in horror are special effects for The Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.

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Maddi McGillvray
Maddi is the Editorial Assistant at Rue Morgue Magazine. She is also a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, where she writes extensively on the horror genre. Maddi is completing her doctoral dissertation on women working in horror. She is also currently writing book chapters titled "Fleshy Female Corporealities: The Cannibal Films of the New French Extremity" as well as "To Grandmother’s House We Go: Documenting the Aging Female Body in Found Footage Horror Films."